For those who don’t remember, TRON: Legacy was the much-hyped reboot of/sequel to the 1982 classic TRON starring Jeff Bridges. Released back in 2010, Legacy was a triumph of style over substance. It looked fantastic, sounded great (it’s original soundtrack was made by Daft Punk) but, in terms of story and character, it was pretty underwhelming.
The movie also under-performed at the box office, making only $400 million worldwide on a budget of $170 million. Nevertheless, Disney was still planning on going ahead with a sequel… or at least it was until 2015 when it it cancelled the movie. However, according to Legacy‘s director – Joseph Kosinski – the follow up may not be as dead as we thought.
Speaking at a Q&A after a Collider IMAX screening of his movie, Kosinski revealed that Tron 3 – a.k.a. TRON: Ascension – was “in cryogenic freeze” and “waiting for the right time”.
“I mean, you got to remember that when we made TRON: Legacy, Disney did not own Marvel. Disney did not own Lucasfilm… they own everything now […] so from the studio point of view, they have a certain number of slots and a certain amount of money and if you can make a Star Wars spinoff or another Marvel movie […] the question is: Would [TRON] do as well as one of those?”
While prospects of a movie seem slim, the director went on to comment that the franchise may have a promising future in VR based experiences and theme park rides, but that a TV show would be unlikely.